Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tuesday Tip -- Sketches organization

Do you use sketches to scrapbook? Do you cut them out of magazines? Print them from websites? Search for them in galleries? Draw your own? Purchase books and books of them?

I do all of the above. And I have a great binder full of sketches to go to when I'm ready to plan my pages. But, then I get overwhelmed by all the choices!! So, I found a way to organize what I have. This isn't really my idea -- my friend Chris does this and passed it on to me. I tweaked her idea just a little.

Tuesday Tip -- Sketches organization

I put all my sketches in a 3 ring binder. I don't bother to sort them by date, creator, or anything else. I just put little colored dots (drawn with a marker) in the bottom corner of each sketch. On single pages, there's one dot. On 2 page layouts, there are 2 dots. The dots are color coordinated by number of photos. (pink for 1-2 photos, red for 3-4, etc)
When I'm planning pages, I look at how many photos I have and search for sketches with that color dot at the bottom. When doing 2 page spreads, I can either look for the 2 dots, or I can divide my photos between the pages and then look for each page separately.

Here's a picture of my "Sketches Key" at the front of my binder.

The actual sketches pages are copy written, so I can't post them here, but I can tell you some places you can find some.

I'm sure you know of more!! Post them in the comments -- I can ALWAYS use more sketches!!


Mardi said...

Love this idea, I didn't realize there were so many sketch sites! Thanks for sharing, you have page maps already on your list!

Darlene said...

Here is a good site too. Nice gallery as well!